10k: Black Beauty: 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback

The first generation Toyota Celica was built from 1970 through 1977 and sold in large quantities as a competitor to the bloated domestic muscle cars of the day.  The Celica was the Japanese pony car to get back in the ’70s, and the liftback version resembled a 7/8ths scale Mustang.  Find this 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback 5-spd for sale in New Castle, DE for $9,500 via ebay with a few hours to go.

This Celica GT liftback is extremely clean for a 36 year old classic and has a remarkably low 74k original miles.  This car is a market leader and should sell for well above the average first generation Celica price.

Power comes from a 2.2 liter Toyota 20R engine that puts out 117 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox and into the rear wheels via a solid rear axle. These cars are pretty basic, but that’s part of the appeal.

The interior looks to be in good condition – but no word on the crackedness (or not) of the dash under the cover. At least the genuine simu-wood looks intact!

This is likely all the money for a ’77 Celica in today’s market, but if the end goal is a showroom fresh Liftback the question to ask is: would you come out ahead by buying a basket case and dumping money into restoration, or buying this minter and enjoying it?

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